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GOP Senator: Confirming Obama's Judges Has 'Nothing To Do With Doing Our Jobs'

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to confirm judges. But Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) came up with a new reas...

Watch Elizabeth Warren Relentlessly Push The Senate To Confirm Judges

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Judicial nominees are piling up in the Senate as Republicans refuse to confirm them, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has had it. Wa...

GOP Senator Ditches His Own Judicial Nominee After Ignoring Court Vacancy For 2,323 Days

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) just can't bring himself to play well with others. He's spent more than six years -- 2,323 days, to be precise...

Get In Line, SCOTUS. This Court Has Been Waiting 2,296 Days For A Judge.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has been waiting two months for the Senate to do something about its empty seat. If you think that sounds like a long ...

Republicans Finally Confirmed A Judge. Is This Obama's Last One?

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Something rare happened Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) let a judicial nominee get a vote: Waverly Crenshaw, a Te...

Conservative GOP Senator Says Obama's Supreme Court Pick Deserves A Hearing

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) said Thursday that he thinks President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee should get a hearing -- the late...

Former Iowa Officials Wonder What Happened To The Chuck Grassley They Knew

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is best known in Washington these days as the Judiciary Committee chairman refusing to give a hearing to Pr...

Obama Narrows Supreme Court Nominee Short List Down To Three

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.13.2016 | Politics

By Julia Edwards and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The White House has narrowed its search for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee to three...

Senate Inches Closer To Confirming First Openly Gay Army Secretary

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Eric Fanning as the next Secretary of the Army. His nomination now heads to the...

Republicans, Pick Your Poison

Ken Allen | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Ken Allen

In announcing they will not allow hearings or even grant individual interviews to any Obama Supreme Court nominee, the Republicans seem not to have thoroughly thought out their tactics.

A Hard-to-Obstruct Supreme Court Nominee: Diane Humetewa FTW

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 02.27.2016 | Politics
R. Kyle Alagood

President Obama has proven himself an astute student of the politics of getting things done in an obstructionist climate. Nominating a female, Native American Bush-prosecutor-cum-Obama-judge whose career has been championed by Republican senators would be a smart choice.

Why Has it Been Three Years Since a U.S. Ambassador Was Appointed to Norway?

Thor Steinhovden | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Thor Steinhovden

As a Norwegian, a friend of United States, and a former employee of the American Embassy in Oslo, I am deeply concerned about the situation. Norwegians expect more from our most important ally, and we are right to do so.

This Guy Waited 390 Days For His Turn At A Job. The Senate Just Skipped Him.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the past year, Luis Felipe Restrepo has endured nearly every type of Senate delay a judicial nominee could endure. And now that he's...

Ted Cruz Is Vowing To Block A Bunch Of Obama's Nominees ... Again

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he will block all of President Barack Obama's nominees to the State Department -- there are about 40 ambass...

Jennifer Bendery

Pat Toomey Is Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee, For Some Reason | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is preventing one of his own judicial nominees from moving forward, for reasons nobody seems to understand. ...

Jennifer Bendery

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Loretta Lynch was sworn in as U.S. attorney general on Monday, becoming the first African-American woman to fill the position. "It se...

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Kim Kardashian's Second Marriage, The Creation Of The World And 9 Other Things That Didn't Take As Long As Loretta Lynch's Confirmation | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- 163 days. That's how long Loretta Lynch has been waiting for the Senate to vote on her confirmation as U.S. attorney general because...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Says He'll Force A Vote On Loretta Lynch If GOP Doesn't Act 'Very, Very Soon' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that if Republicans don't schedule a confirmation vote soon for U.S. attorney g...

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Republicans Finally Let One Of Obama's Judicial Nominees Get A Vote | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than three months into the new Congress, Senate Republicans held their first vote on one of President Barack Obama's judicial nomin...

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Here's A Look At The Most Ridiculously Long Judicial Vacancies The Senate Still Hasn't Filled | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will do something next week that it hasn't done all year: confirm a judicial nominee. Despite talk when they took charge o...

Jennifer Bendery

Top Democrat Worried Senate Will Reject Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that he has real concerns about Republicans voting down President Barack Obama's ...

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Now In Charge, Senate Republicans Slow To Move Forward With Obama's Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch has been waiting months for a confirmation vote. But she's not the only one twiddling her th...

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It's Official: No Renomination For Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's over for Michael Boggs. Like, really over. Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson (R) and Saxby Chambliss (R) said late Tuesday night that...

Jennifer Bendery

The Senate Just Cemented Obama's Judicial Legacy | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing from 2014 that will define President Barack Obama's legacy after he's left the White House, it's the number of life...

Ali Watkins

Thanks To Ted Cruz, John Kerry Gets A Deputy | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state Tuesday night, giving chief diplomat John Kerry a desperately needed dep...